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NBC Evening News for Sunday, May 27, 1973
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(Studio) Senate Watergate hearings reviewed: James McCord; John Dean; FBI; CIA roles noted. President Nixon lengthy statement said most important National security leaks noted especially, with regard to Dan. Ellsberg's psychiatrist's burglary; burglary of Democrat headquarters in Watergate. Motive sought. Nixon says motive national security. McCord testimony with regard to radical groups recalled. [McCORD - testifies, reading statement with regard to Democratic Convention 1968; desire to prevent same at Republican convention 1972. 250,000 demonstrators said headed for conv. Violence said intent of some. Senator George McGovern political base with some of radicals. John Mitchell sanction mentioned.] John Caulfield background noted. Service as messenger to McCord cited. [CAULFIELD - testifies re: President service; admiration of Pres; John Dean role; President role; executive clemency offer to McCord.] Bernard Barker background, role in Bay of Pigs operation against Fidel Castro noted. [BARKER - testifies re: actions.] [Senator Howard BAKER - questions Barker.] [BARKER - tells of documents sought to prove that Democratic party, George McGovern getting funds from Castro government] [Senator Lowell WEICKER - questions Barker with regard to national security motive.] [BARKER - responds.] [WEICKER - questions whether Barker opinion of operation now different.] [BARKER - says proper in Ellsberg case; not in same degree also justification for Watergate.] Alfred Baldwin, former FBI agent, role noted. [BALDWIN - testifies re: committee to reelect president, John Mitchell; need for permanent employment; James McCord.] Witnesses have common justification: following order approved by high administration figures. President Nixon statement considered, wording read, filmed. Then President tone changed. At prisoners of war day at White House, President Nixon emphasizes secrecy for national security. [NIXON - in speech notes important of national security in Vietnam situation, Red China negotiations, Soviet diplomacy, for such results as prisoners of war release; calls for end of adulation `for those who print national secrets in press.] [POW's - applaud.] President said correct in view of secrecy during delicate negotiations. Trouble said to have been President use of national security to create White House investigative unit. President also used national security to justify secrecy of unit after Watergate break-in. Federal and Senator investigators said worried that national security may still be invoked to block truth of Watergate.
REPORTER: Garrick Utley

Utley, Garrick

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